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Steel Attack - 2003 Predator Of The Empire


STEEL ATTACK - PREDATOR OF THE EMPIRE (2003, ARISE RECORDS)
Dick - vocals
John - guitar
Dennis - guitar
Patrick - bass
Mike - drums


Background
I don't know how many times we here at Glory Daze have been stunned by the continuous stream of consistently high-class melodic metal coming out of Scandinavia. Already you can choose from the likes of Dream Evil, Sonata Arctica, Supreme Majesty, among many. Perhaps the reason Steel Attack haven't been mentioned in the same breath is due to being signed to a smaller label such as Arise Records. That shouldn't make a difference to anyone after some great melodic metal. The band has gone through some fairly hefty line up changes, and even a name change, since its inception in 1997. Previously the band released a couple of albums on AFM Records, but are now with the small but excellent Spanish label Arise. For 'Predator Of The Empire' the band has a new vocalist, Dick, who takes over from the departed Steve (were these guys born without surnames..lol - Ed). Dick, who at times sounds quite a bit like Niklas Isfeldt (Dream Evil), is an improvement on Steve and gives Steel Attack an extra edge. Steel Attack has plenty going for it, with comparisons to latterday Tad Morose, Nocturnal Rites and Dream Evil being warranted. The album has been superbly produced, giving you the full force of the Steel Attack, especially the massive guitar riffs from Dennis and John. There's no shortage of searing lead breaks either, something this guitar duo are pretty damn good at.

The Songs
Beginning with the title track, a rampaging Nocturnal Rites sounding track, 'Predator Of The Empire' stalks its prey until the conclusion, giving the listener no time to rest between each blistering track. Just like the aforementioned bands, Steel Attack doesn't offer just a couple of metal anthems but a whole album full of them. The Roadrunner would have trouble keeping up with the speed of 'The Darkness'. Extremely fast, and an extremely catchy chorus to boot. I had to check the cd cover when 'Heavy Metal God' came on to see if I had mistakenly put on a Dream Evil CD. The same can be said for a few of the tracks, such as the splendid 'Arise', which will go down very well at the metal festivals.

In Summary
Yes, Steel Attack do sound a hell of a lot like fellow Swede's Dream Evil and Tad Morose. But when the quality of the music is as good as this I don't really care who they sound like as long as it gets my head banging. Though they are on a lesser known label, that shouldn't infer that Steel Attack have any less to offer. The quality of production and material puts them firmly in the big league along with their fellow countrymen and, if Arise Records continues to release albums of this calibre they will also be in the big league before too long.

Produced by: Steel Attack and Pelle Saether

Track Listing:
01 Predator Of The Empire
02 Cursed Land
03 The Darkness
04 Point Of No Return
05 Heavy Metal God
06 The Holy Sign
07 Arise
08 Nightmare
09 One Way To Heaven, One Way To Hell
10 Reality Unknown
11 Paradise *
12 Dr.Stein *
* Bonus Tracks

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